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The spring edition of the Verdict is out… have you seen it? Print and digital editions are now available. Here is a look at what is

Wellness Wednesday – Workspace

Several years ago I worked with a woman who bought herself fresh flowers every week. She didn’t spend a fortune, often less than $10 a week. I don’t know what it was, but somehow these flowers placed near her workspace made her, and the rest of our office, very happy.

I liked her habit, and soon incorporated it in to my own routine. Once a week I would make a point to stop on my walk home from work, and purchase a few flowers. Rather than taking these flowers to work mind you, I would place them in and around my apartment. Again, the flowers worked their magic, and seeing them around made me happy.

As I write this, I realize the only plants visible from my office, are the illustrated succulents I have chosen as computer screen saver. Cute as they are, I think it is time to add some life to my office.

Just in case I needed any further convincing, this article (below) by the Guardian has sealed the deal! Plants in offices increase happiness and productivity. – Julia Chalifoux, Publisher


Creating a Happy Workspace with Plants

Wellness Wednesday

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There’s no way around it, particularly in our profession.  In fact, it surrounds the way we think, act, and even succeed.  Part of what is attractive about a career in litigation is the fast-paced,  high-stakes environment itself – There is a certain adrenaline rush that comes from working hard, going to court, helping clients, fighting for JUSTICE.  But with all this comes an immense amount of stress.

In our office, we’re constantly talking about “work life balance.”  It’s a lovely thought. Being able to succeed at life with everything in harmonious balance… work, family, home, health, passion, fitness, sleep… (wait, what’s sleep?)

Well, wouldn’t that be lovely.  So how does it work?

For today’s Wellness Wednesday, we are posting some tips for reducing job stress, found in Chatelaine Online.  While stress cannot be avoided, and the work must continue to get done, it’s crucial for our health to find ways to cultivate balance.

These may seem like basic concepts, but do we do anything with them?  Rarely.

And so… read, digest, implement what you can.  Baby steps, as they say.

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From “The Toxic Effects Of Workplace Stress” by Kathryn Hayward for Chatelaine Online – (October 27, 2015)…

Dr. David Posen’s tips for reducing job stress

1. Leave work an hour earlier. “Never in 30 years have I had a patient who couldn’t get the same amount of work done in less time when they took better care of themselves.”
2. Spend that extra hour after work wisely. Book time for exercise, seeing friends, napping or even just sitting near something you find beautiful.
3. Take a micro-break every 90 minutes. Research shows that’s the longest we can concentrate intensely on something. “The best thing you can do is get up and walk away.”
4. Get a better night’s rest. To do this, Posen advises patients to slowly wean themselves off caffeine.
5. Work out. Every bit helps. Exercise drains off excess stress energy, so it lowers cortisol in the body, which can help reduce anxiety.
6. Change the way you think. Modify unrealistic expectations and try to identify problematic patterns. “Type A people need to slow down, and people pleasers need to learn how to say no occasionally.”

Welcome to our New President!

On December 4th, 2015, our Governance changed hands, (as it always does just before the holidays,) and we were pleased to welcome our new Executive Officers and Board of Governors for the 2016 term! (see the full list here)

Tomorrow – Wednesday, February 10th – marks the first full Executive meeting of the year, so we thought it would be a good time to ‘officially’ introduce you to our awesome new President, Aseem Dosanjh!  

Aseem, son of former BC premier, Ujjal Dosanjh, is a fun-loving, dedicated guy, full of character and focus – not to mention many years of experience as a lawyer – and we’re looking forward to working with him throughout this year on all of our upcoming committee projects, initiatives and campaigns!


Thanks to Past-President, Krista Simon for an excellent year in 2015 and we look forward to seeing what 2016 has in store!  I imagine it will definitely be unique.

For a tiny glimpse into the brain of a madman (stated with respect and love, of course,) here are a few questions we had him answer for us… 


Q & A with TLABC President, Aseem Dosanjh:

Q:           What is your favourite colour?

A:            Blue – a shade somewhere in between Canuck blue and North Carolina tarheel blue.

Q:           Do you have a favourite band?

A:           Favourite rapper – 2pac; Favourite rock song – Stairway to heaven; Favourite musician – Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 

Q:           Do you have any pets?

A:            Have had many dogs…. But now I stick to goldfish – easier to manage with a busy practice and home life.

Q:           What is your dream travel destination, or favourite place you’ve already been? 

A:            Anywhere with a beach, sunshine, and good music…. But when all else fails — West Coast Mexico – Puerto Vallarta or Cabo

Q:           What do you like to do to unwind outside of work?

A:            Any kind of hockey (ice or ball) but summers are heavily influenced by and dedicated to perfecting my golf game, all in an effort to one day overthrow Anu Khanna, (who hails from the killer Khanna tribe in India.)

Q:           When did you know you wanted to be a lawyer?

A:            I am a lawyer?????    

Q:           When did you realize that being President of TLABC was at the top of your bucket list?

A:            I am the President??? 

Q:           What else is on your bucket list?

A:            Get rich or die trying…  Retire soon and only keep working because I love what I do….  Get away from doing this on a “needs-to-do” basis.

Q:           What is one thing you hope to achieve this year as President of TLABC? 

A:            Figure out how to achieve world peace, but while I’m working on that, try to complete my term and make some positive impacts upon the profession and the work we do.




Wellness Wednesday – Goal Planning 101

“A Goal is just a dream… with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill

The goals that we make for ourselves – professional or personal – guide our daily lives and directly affect our motivation, our happiness and, ultimately, our success.

Don’t let each day pass you by in a blur of coffee, meetings and other peoples’ deadlines – make your first goal… to prioritize your goals!  The time will pass anyways, so you might as well make sure you’re filling your life with the things that make you happy and fulfilled.

Make 2016 Goal Planning Easy and Effective with these downloads by sweet paper trail.

Need further convincing that conscious goal setting is good for you?


Wellness Wednesday is Back!

In line with our New Year resolutions, Wellness Wednesday is back!

The TLABC community is dedicated to cultivating a supportive, healthy association for our members and friends.  If you have a suggestion for an issue to discuss in future #TLABC #WellnessWednesday posts, please email – Have a wonderful week!


Are You Addicted to Stress?

Dr. Lissa Rankin in her article ’10 Signs You Have WAY Too Much Cortisol’ sites how being stressed can make us feel important, valuable and useful. She describes how despite knowing that stress is bad for us, we wear it like a badge of honour and become addicted.

Read the full article here


Hot Off The Press!

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Have you received your copy winter edition of the Verdict? Print and digital editions are now available. Here is a look at what is inside:

Actions, activities and tasks that occur prior to a trial are vastly different in criminal law and civil law, but one thing is common for the lawyers involved in any legal matter: You must be prepared; your client is counting on you. Proper management of a case typically involves a range of things. If you represent a person accused of a crime, your involvement will get increasingly heavy from the time of arraignment through to an interim or preliminary hearing. If you represent an injured plaintiff in a civil lawsuit, it’s highly likely you will need to be prepared for a full trial whether one happens or not, and you certainly will be front and centre in any pre-trial conferences or settlement discussions, as well as discoveries. The fall 2015 edition of the Verdict explores the pre-trial needs and responsibilities of today’s lawyers and litigators, the duties required when representing laypersons in BC….

Read your copy online today at

Socks For Santa 2015


‘Tis (almost) the season, which means it’s time, once again, for our ‘Socks For Santa’ holiday campaign!!

This holiday season, TLABC’s Public Affairs Committee (PAC) will again be collecting new or gently used, clean socks to give to the First United Downtown Eastside Shelter.

The shelter provides 60 beds each night– space for 40 men and 20 women. This is one of the largest and busiest shelters in Vancouver.  Each day they provide their clients with foot baths/foot care, as well as provide them with a clean pair of dry socks. Keeping your feet warm, dry and protected can be quite challenging in this rainy city, and the shelter often runs out of socks.

Please help out by participating in one of the following ways:

 1) Send or drop off your new or gently used socks to:
1111 – 1100 Melville St.
Vancouver, BC V6E 4A6

2) Bring your socks to the Fairmont Waterfront for next week’s seminar, the AGM or the Holiday Bash on Friday, December 4th, 2015!

3) Make a pledge towards the purchase of socks for the shelter.

 To make a pledge, or for more info please contact or call the TLABC office:
604-682-5343 / (toll-free: 1 888-558-5222)

Thank you!!

#TLABCCares is dedicated to keeping our less-fortunate safe and dry this holiday season!

Life is a Journey… Not a Race


Stop the glorification of busy. 

With the holidays quickly approaching and the end of the year drawing near, we often find ourselves racing to get everything done. Suddenly in a flash, the day, week and month has ended and we find ourselves wondering where the time has gone, and what we have done. Sure, some of the ‘important’ stuff has been crossed of our to-do list, but what about the really important stuff. The phone calls to our aging parents, the casual coffee time with our friends or significant other, the unstructured play time with our kids. How much of this has been crossed off the list? This week we are encouraging you to slow down and to make some time for the really important stuff. Your parents, friends, significant other and kids will thank you.

Today, for Wellness Wednesday, we’re featuring a post we came across by Susan FitzpatrickPresident of the James S. McDonnell Foundation.

There was a stretch of time when I would spend a week or so each summer visiting some friends who were academic colleagues. Typically, our days were structured around generous amounts of “schmooze” time.  First, there was the requisite two-hour breakfast at a quaint, hole-in-the-wall restaurant. These meetings were about more than sharing a meal; we covered a fair amount of ground over coffee, eggs, and whole-wheat toast. We hashed out serious questions related to our areas of scientific interests, argued over the changing politics of academic research, and strayed unflinchingly and irreverently into topics for which we have no particular claim to insight or expertise. (read the full article here)